On December 4, 2013, we sent a joint letter with the ACLU of Michigan, to the Director of the Inkster Housing Commission, urging for the eviction proceedings against FHC complainant Allison Ben to be dropped. The Housing Commission was planning to evict Ms. Ben because she was ‘disturbing the peace’ by calling the police when her ex-partner was violent. Ms. Ben, who is pregnant and has a four-year-old, has had multiple personal protection orders against her ex.
From the ACLU-MI Press Release: “Putting a pregnant woman and her kids out on the street before Christmas because of the actions of her abuser is cruel and unconscionable,” said Michael J. Steinberg, ACLU of Michigan legal director. “The Inkster Housing Commission must put an end to this illegal policy that re-victimizes women and reinforces the dangerous stereotype that women who experience domestic violence must be allowing it to happen.”
Letter to Ernestine Carter, Inkster Housing Commission
Channel 7 News Story “Inkster mother who is survivor of domestic violence faces eviction”
Michigan Radio News Story “ACLU seeks to prevent eviction of domestic violence victim”
Read about the similar case we worked on in 2000, Arronica Warren
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